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Ryan Giggs feels let down by Manchester United stars

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Giggs was in charge at United for last season's final four matches
Giggs was in charge at United for last season's final four matches.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has admitted that he felt let down by a small section of Red Devils stars during his short tenure as caretaker boss, while also laying bare fears that he was too lenient on a group of players who had failed to deliver all season long.

Giggs stepped in to take charge of United's final four Premier League games last season, winning against Hull City and Norwich City either side of a disappointing home defeat to Sunderland, before finishing with a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The 40-year-old has now stepped aside to take up a coaching role in new United manager Louis van Gaal's coaching staff, but an ITV documentary on his brief stint in the hotseat has revealed regrets over his first crack at management.

Giggs is quoted by The Telegraph as sharing: “I was really, really down after that game, you know that won’t happen again.

"I picked a team that I thought could win the game, and I trusted the players, but some of the players let me down and let themselves down. Maybe I was a little bit too soft."

The month in charge proved to be a baptism of fire for Giggs, an emotional spell which also saw one of Old Trafford's finest ever players call time on a 24-year playing career to concentrate on forging a successful future as a coach.

ITV's documentary painted a revealing portrait of Giggs and his Class of 92 backroom staff attempting to make sure United's dismal campaign ended in the best fashion possible, with Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes also featured.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson weighs in with an interview on calls the challenge of transitioning from player to coach as the greatest one Giggs will ever face, although he can call on the considerable experience of Van Gaal next season.

Van Gaal held a meeting with Giggs last month to clarify his plan moving forward and confirm that he wants the ex-wing wizard to form a key part of his backroom staff, as both men bid to make sure United are well placed to make a swift return to the Champions League and title contention next term.

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